With his team back in the national rankings at No.25 in both polls since the preseason, one game away from clinching the regular season Pac-12 title with four games to go, Husky head coach Mike Hopkins believes his team can improve.
How can a team with three of the conferences best players in Noah Dickerson (2018 Pac-12 First team ), team leading scorer Jaylen Nowell ( 7th in Pac-12 Conference ) and defensive specialist Matisse Thybulle a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the year award, have all five players on the court firing on all cylinders for 40 minutes.
Washington has had a different leading scorer in each of the last eight games. With Dickerson’s health improving with each game after a Feb 5th ankle injury and the continued ascent of Thybulle’s defensive effort which fuel the Huskies potent transition game, it is only a matter of time before the Huskies reach that perfect game summit.
• Thybulle earned his first career Pac-12 Player of the Week award on Monday as he averaged 13.5 points, 6.0 steals, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in two UW wins and he joins Jaylen Nowell in getting the weekly league honor this season as Nowell has received it three times already this year
HUSKIES HEAD TO BAY AREA
The Huskies will head to the Bay Area for their final road trip of the season. The Dawgs will face the California Golden Bears on Thursday, Feb 28 at 8 p.m. in Hass Pavillion and concluded the trip with a Sunday, March 3rd 1 p.m. contest against the Stanford Cardinal. UW has recorded six conference road wins and hold a 6-1 mark on the road in league action. The last time the Huskies had six road wins in conference play was during the 2011-12 season